Kimball Clark, a beloved educator and cherished member of the Odyssey Institute family. Mr. Clark lost his life in a tragic car accident this morning, September 28th while on his way to serve the school community. Mr. Kimball Clark, a cherished educator and a beloved member of the Odyssey family, met an untimely end in a devastating semi-trailer truck accident on Arizona 85. The news sent shockwaves through the tight-knit community, leaving educators, scholars, and families grappling with an immense sense of loss.
Mr. Kimball Clark, a guest teacher turned high school educator since 2021, was known for his infectious enthusiasm and radiant smile. His journey with the Odyssey Institute began in 2012 when his family became a part of the community. Over the years, he evolved into a joyful, creative, and dedicated member of the math team. Kimball Clark’s passion for teaching and his unwavering commitment to his students endeared him to all who had the privilege of knowing him.
The Odyssey Preparatory Academy – Family of Schools, in a heartfelt message on their Facebook page, conveyed the devastating news to the Odyssey community. The loss of Mr. Clark was described as a profound tragedy, as he had been en route to serve the school community when the accident occurred. The sentiments expressed were deep and genuine, emphasizing the profound impact Mr. Clark had on the lives of those around him.
“Odyssey Families, It is with deep sorrow that The Odyssey Preparatory Academy, Family of Schools shares the untimely passing of Mr. Kimball Clark, a beloved educator and cherished member of the Odyssey Institute family. Mr. Clark lost his life in a tragic car accident this morning, September 28th while on his way to serve the school community. Mr. Clark has been a guest teacher and most recently a high school teacher since 2021. His family has been a part of the Odyssey community since 2012. He was a joyful, creative, and enthusiastic member of the math team, and his loss will be felt tremendously by Odyssey staff and scholars alike.”
The school’s principals, Becky Quigley and Jessica Sabo, expressed their profound condolences, highlighting the incredible person Mr. Clark was and the significant role he played within the Odyssey family. Their words painted a vivid picture of a dedicated teacher and friend who went above and beyond for his scholars, family, friends, and colleagues. They acknowledged the deep impact he had on everyone he touched and extended their sympathy to his grieving family.
“All of us at Odyssey Institute are in shock and deeply saddened by the loss of Kimball Clark. Mr. Clark brought a bright smile and happiness to all those that crossed his path. He was a deeply loving and caring teacher and friend who would do anything for his scholars, his family, his friends, and his colleagues. He will be missed deeply by all of us as he was and is an integral part of our TOPA family. We are grateful we had the opportunity to work with this amazing man and his family. Our deepest condolences go out to his family during this difficult time.”
In the wake of this tragedy, the Odyssey Institute has come together to provide essential support for scholars, faculty, and staff. Grief counseling services have been made available to help individuals cope with the emotional trauma of losing a beloved teacher and colleague. Furthermore, the school is sensitive to the needs of parents and guardians, offering the option to check their children out of school if necessary.
As the Odyssey Institute community navigates this difficult period of mourning, details regarding memorial services and tributes will be shared with the community as they become available. The outpouring of love and support from those touched by Mr. Kimball Clark’s life serves as a testament to the profound impact he had on the lives of countless individuals.
The tragic loss of Mr. Kimball Clark in a semi-trailer truck accident has left a void that will be felt for years to come in the Odyssey Institute community. His passion for teaching, his infectious enthusiasm, and his unwavering dedication to his students have left an indelible mark on the hearts of all who knew him. As the community mourns this devastating loss, they do so with the knowledge that Mr. Clark’s memory will live on in the countless lives he touched and inspired during his time at the Odyssey Institute.